Asia Waiting Children “L” thru “Z”
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LINDBERG, male, DOB 6/2011 SN arachnoid cyst in cisterna magna (found during exam for adoption registration); mild weakness in right leg
CHI Partnership file, Special Focus Designation
WANT DIMPLES DEEP ENOUGH TO SWIM IN? Lindberg has deep double dimples and he flashes them often as he is a smiley guy. He loved tagging along after us on the CHI China Team visit to his orphanage in May 2015. He is so fun!
Fly high, cross the sea to a family. This is our wish for this expressive, active and adventurous boy. So, he has been given name Lindberg. We wish nothing more for him to have that change to “Lucky Lindy”. That can happen when his family takes their own plane ride to make him part of their family. Lindberg is tender hearted in addition to all his others personal strengths. He is a robust and healthy little boy who was found to have an arachnoid cyst in his cisterna magna while having a standard physical for his adoption registration.
Lindberg’s reports do not note any symptoms from the cyst but he does appear to have some weakness in his right leg. It does not keep him from running and jumping as the CHI team well witnessed.
Personality and the social ability:“Lindberg is introverted and expressive, active and restless. Has a ready smile, naughty sometimes, laugh out loud when teased. He is mature, when seeing other kids crying he would take toys to them, coax them. Other kids likes playing with him, he would observe surroundings in strange environment, interested in fresh objects, adapts to new environment quickly.”
MATLIN, male, DOB 11/2012 SN Down Syndrome
Matlin is a curious fellow who was the very first child to meet the Children’s House International team when they visited his orphanage in May 2015. He was a delightful ambassador! He very much loves his caregivers and felt safe with the visitors as long as they were close by. He is learning to stand on his own and has started using some words to communicate.
Matlin’s caregivers has this to share, “He is extrovert, can get along well with other children, can crawl around, likes playing with other children, the child is active, has a ready smile, energetic, likes playing balls. Iif his toys are robbed by other children, he will not cry, and neither rob back, he will go get another toy and continue to play. He has a good ability to adapt to new environments.”
MELINDA, female, DOB 3/2012 SN brain scan difference, low muscular tension, motor delay
CHI Partnership file, Special Focus Designation
Melinda has been receiving intensive therapy in her orphanage and is making progress! She can now stand with support and is working on taking some supported steps. The Children’s House International China Team met her in May 2015 and she was willing to interact with the team.
Melinda’s caregivers share about her, “She has a regular diet and sleep; good appetite; tight sleep; can crawl; deft thumbs and forefingers; can imitate pronunciation; now can make the sound of mama and AH; likes milk shake very much; can hold milk bottle to drink milk; can sit independently; now she takes rehabilitation training per day; immunization: on schedule.
Personality and sociability: extroverted; cheerful when playing; can play a toy for a long time; can play on mat for a long time; can crawl around on mat; likes to communicate with our staff when being happy; when she is upset, if you hold her up or give her a toy, she will smile at once; she is not afraid of strangers and has good adaptability.”
SOPHIA, female, DOB 6/2004 SN scoliolosis (lateral curvature deformity of thoracic vertebrae and lumbar vertebrae)
Sophia has a serene approach to her life though she can hold her own when she needs to. She is described as “outgoing, kind and lovely. She can get along well with others. She likes playing pretend play. She shows her lovely smile when she plays happily. Sometimes she is stubborn, however so long as you company her and help her release the mood, and encourage and support her, she would be better. She has attached to the caregivers stably with close relationship.”
Sophia has had many challenges. She was admitted to her orphanage when she was estimated to be 5 years old. In 2013 she was to be adopted and met her adoptive family but the adoption was terminated while still in China. Families need to be prepared that Sophia may have developmental delays that are not included in her official file. The paper file is quite old but there is video from August 2015.
WENDELL, Male, DOB September 2013, CHD, Occupying lesion of RV, PFO
Wendell is an active boy with a sparkling personality. He is able to walk freely, go up and down stairs and climb up high. He loves to play on the slide and ride the wooden horse. He is a good helper and will assist the teacher at clean up time. More video of Wendell will be posted when ready but here he is playing call with his friend Webster. Wendell has the blue ball.
Little Wendell was abandoned at about one month of age at the hospital. He was found to have a heart murmur which has not been surgically repaired.
Wendell can do things that are developmentally on target with his peers. He can turn pages of a book one by one, stack 4 blocks; and know adult’s facial expressions; can make response; he is sensible and capable. He can use language to make his needs known.
Wendell can call mama and aunt; know to give when being asked; can take off shoes, socks, unlined clothes, pants; can cooperate when put on clothes; can point out five sense organs; know many fruits and common articles; active, have a ready smile, quick reaction, get along well with others; like to play toys, watch TV and listen to music.
WHEELER, male, DOB 1/2012 SN dwarfism, post-operative CHD, polydactyly of both hands.
WHEELER is a “wheeler and dealer”. He is by all accounts, he knows how to take control of a situation and come out a winner. He has all kinds of friends as well as caregivers who adore him and are cheering for him to have a family. There are multiple videos that show his outgoing and fun personality. One video is ready at this link:
Wheeler has dwarfism as well as some other physical issues which suggest that he may have Ellis Van Creveld Syndrome (EVC). More information about this syndrome can be found at this link: http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/ellis-van-creveld-syndrome/
Wheeler’s reports currently share the following. “Motor development: can sit freely, crawl, walk freely, go up and down stairs; flexible thumbs and forefingers; can hold pen to draw vertical line and circle; can turn a somersault; like to ride on wooden horse, play slide and play ball.
Adaptability: like to stack blocks; can stack 8 blocks; can turn pages, cap box; strong hand-made ability; know all classmates’ names; understand the teacher’s instructions; know body parts; can point out many fruits, animals and common articles.
Language and sociability: can call aunt, say goodbye to teacher, speak sentences with 5 words; know to cooperate when put on clothes; can speak many common articles; know many fruits, animals; can help the teacher tidy up toys; active, have a ready smile, quick reaction, energetic; like to play toys and watch TV.
Comprehensive assessment: postoperative repair of CHD, short lower limbs, hexadactyly of both hands, alveolar malformation, deformity of nails of both hands and feet, cryptorchidism. On June 27, 2014, the baby received repair of ASD and VSD.
Current measurements: height 70cm, weight 13.5kg, head circumference 56cm, chest circumference 56cm, teeth: 9.
May 27, 2015”
WHITTAKER, male, DOB 6/2007 SN mild weakness of right hand and lower limb
Whittaker is a leader and the organizer. “He is considerate of others but he does like to organize and tell them what they need to know. If someone has a runny nose, he will give them a tissue and tell them to blow their nose!” Whittaker is also an avid animal lover. His favorites are rabbits, and dogs but he is keen on all animals. He is most happy to play outside, climb trees, and run as fast as he can. He likes to enter racing competitions and recently won a gold medal.
Whittaker was recently met by the Children’s House Int’l China team in May 2015. He sat quietly while he waited for his turn. He listened intently to the other children and interacted appropriately. He currently lives in a foster family and attends first grade at the special education school. His academic ability is noted to be a little slower than his same aged peers.
“Whittaker entered his orphanage when he was estimated to be 2 years old. At that time he had low muscular tension of right hand and right lower limb, stiff walk, no specialty of the rest. His current measurements: height 112cm, weight 20kg, head circumference 47cm, chest circumference 50cm, teeth: 23.
Motor skills development: through rehabilitation such as physical therapy and occupational therapy, now the baby can go up and down stairs, run, jump, attend physical education course, pat rubber ball, walk straightly and do motions under the teacher’s instructions.
Adaptability: the child lives in a group in our institute; the child is close to his teacher and caretaker; can get along well with children; can take care of younger children; will share food and toys with others; we all very like this active, cheerful and polite little boy.
Mental development: the child studies in grade one at special school in Sep. of 2014; can actively attend all kinds of activities at school; can actively speak at class in loud voice; can well adjust to class and follow the teacher’s thinking to answer questions; good language expressing ability; can well command knowledge taught by the teacher.
Language and sociability: smart, active, adorable; have self-care ability; respect teachers; will actively greet to adults and teachers; like to attend activities with classmates; strong hand-made ability; have a ready smile; cheerful; like singing and drawing; energetic.”
WIGGINS, male, DOB 5/2014 SN post-operative meningocele
CHI Partnership file, Special Focus Designation
Master Wiggins has recently had his first birthday and is learning the many things that children discover they can do at this age! Note all the things he has learned to do as expressed by his caregivers. “Motor development: he can crawl, and walk quickly in the walker, he can stand with the support of fence, he can pick up small toys on the floor, his thumbs are agile, and he can throw toys away and he will grab toys with children. (The video link shows these abilities.
Adaptability: he can turn pages of books, and he can play rolling small balls, he knows expressions of adults, and he can make reaction, and he is obedient, and he knows directions of teachers, he can use hands to clap and he can say goodbye.
Language and social ability: he can make sound and imitate pronunciation, he knows the meaning of no, and he can match the clothing; his personality: he is timid, and shy and gregarious, he likes playing toys and watching TV, he likes listening music.”
As Wiggins is just the age where learning to walk is common in his institution. He does not appear to have a tethered spinal cord but that is a possibility with a spinal meningocele. He is waiting for his chance to be adopted. He is crawling and scooting around in his walker which are positive to see.
WINCHESTER, male, DOB 5/2009 SN postoperative repair of right megaureter, left renal dysplasia, removal of tonsils and adenoids
Winchester is one outstanding and jolly little dude. He has confidence and a zest for finding fun in what is going on around him. He knows the names of all the children in the orphanage and frankly, likely knows everything that everybody is doing. He seems to be the center of activity. The Children’s House International China Team met with him in May 2015. At the time, they asked his friend Whistler to show his dancing and singing talent and Winchester dropped what he was doing, ran to join Whistler and shouted, “Hey!! I am a great dancer too!”. Video of those skills are in the following link.
Winchester has a history of fluid in his left kidney and has had surgery on his right kidney. He also had surgery to remove his tonsils and his adenoids. His caregivers find him highly endearing and laugh at his antics. They also shared, “the child has been living in our institute since admission; he has always been round faced and chubby. He gets along well with children; can actively greet people; strong self-care ability; easygoing, quick reaction, shy, quiet, get along with others, like to listen to music, like to play with toys.
Winchester knows that he lives in children’s welfare institute and staff and children in the institute are his family; he is polite, sensible, helpful and gets along well with others;
Adaptability: know big and small, in and out, many colors, many kinds of fruit, many animals and common objects, can actively greet to people.
Language and sociability: can independently take off clothes, pant, shoes, go to toilet, wash hands; strong self-care ability; know gender; like games; like to perform; understand the teacher’s meaning; can help the teacher tidy teaching aids, toys; know all classmates’ names; know residential place; shy, quiet, active, get along well with others, have a ready smile, likes to listen to music, like to play toy, quick reaction.
Motor development: can walk freely, go up and down stairs, run, jump, stand on one foot for 5 seconds, draw cross, vertical line, catch ball, like sports.
Attitude to being adopted by foreigners: Many children in our institute have been adopted by foreign families and the baby also hopes he can be adopted by foreign family.
May 27, 2015
WOODROW, male, DOB 1/2009 SN history of seizures, takes daily seizure medication
The Children’s House International (CHI) China Team was able to meet Woodrow in May 2015. They were able to watch him interact with the other children, focus his attention on books, respond to requests and answer questions. He was a delightful little boy. He began having seizures in 2013. He is currently on the medications Keppra and Sodium Valproate and is most controlled. He was reported to have one breakthrough seizure since January 1, 2015. He is a highly capable boy as the reports written by his caretakers show.
Language and sociability: smart, active, adorable; have a ready smile; like singing; like to play toys and games; respect teachers; like to play games with children; introverted.
Motor skills development: can go up and down stairs, run, jump, attends physical education course, catch ball, draw circle, cross and body parts.
Adaptability: the baby lives in group in our institute; the baby is close to his teacher and caretaker; can get along well with children; can take care of younger children; will share food and toys with others; we all very like this active, cheerful and polite little handsome boy.
Mental development: can well command knowledge taught by the teacher; can distinguish big and small, much and less, thick and thin, cold and hot; know shapes such as triangle, circle and square; know colors such as red, yellow, blue, green; can answer simple questions such as how many pieces will you get if you cut up an apple and what is your surname.